12 Medical tests to do at home
Modern medicine relies heavily on laboratory tests and imaging equipment, but some medical tests are so easy that they can be done in the comfort of your own home. Obviously, we believe regular medical checkups are the best way to prevent illness.
However, some of the first symptoms of specific conditions may be lost during routine exams. That is why it is even better to check your own health from time to time using these proven tests aimed at different health problems.
In addition, you will learn many facts about health as you read. I, for example, had no idea that flexibility is related to arterial health, or that your waistline is not the best place to measure if you want to know if you are overweight.
You need to do this test in front of a mirror. Pull the lower eyelid and check the color of the inside of the eyelid. If it is pink, everything is fine, but if the color is pale or yellowish, it can be a sign of iron deficiency. If you are also very pale and get bored very easily, this may be due to anemia, so it is best to consult your doctor.
In a quiet room, sit down and rub your fingers close to the right ear. You will hear a sound of silent friction. Now extend your right hand as far as you can and repeat. Also, be sure to test your left ear as well. Can you hear the sound every time? If so, your hearing is great!
It turns out that the best way to know if you are medically overweight is by measuring your neck. A 2017 study from the University Hospital School of Medicine in Sofia determined that a neck measurement above 36 cm for women and 39 cm for men may predict obesity.
Take a tape measure and determine the circumference of your neck. If you are below the measures we mentioned above, you have nothing to fear, but if it is more than that, you will need more physical examinations.
Numbness of the feet is an often neglected early symptom of diabetes, which occurs as a result of nerve damage. To test for foot numbness, you will need a partner and a pencil.
You will need to take off your shoes and close your eyes while the partner will have to poke their feet with the tip or eraser of the pencil without telling you anything.
You will need to identify whether it is the rubber side or the tip side. If you can guess, you have nothing to fear. If, however, you can not differentiate between them, you will need to consult a doctor. However, the same symptom may occur in people with lupus and Lyme disease, who require professional treatment.
Pulmonary and cardiovascular disease
First, find a set of stairs with 8 to 12 steps. Now, while you are climbing the stairs, speak, sing, or read something out loud. If at any point on the journey you feel short of breath and your heart beats, it may indicate that your lungs and circulatory system can not cope with the workload, so it is best to check them.
Hormonal imbalance or lack of vitamins
Humans lose more than 50 strands of hair every day and this is part of our natural life cycles, but excessive hair loss may indicate a concern for health.
If you run a hand through your hair or pull it lightly and more than 3 to 4 hairs drop at a time, it may be a suspect symptom.
Do not rush to the doctor yet, however, as hair loss is a common symptom of stress. If it persists for a long period of time, however, consider going to a doctor as this may indicate a hormonal imbalance or vitamin deficiency.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
DMRI is the leading cause of blindness and visual impairment for people over the age of 50, so it is important to perform regular checks for this condition.
To test for AMD, look at a door or window frame on the other side of the room, one eye at a time, for 30 seconds. If you see a slight fold in the straight structure of the door or window, it may be because of the AMD.
If dementia is a possible concern, consider this test. Draw a watch on a piece of paper, write on all numbers on the watch and point to 3:40 on the drawn watch.
If you drew the watch in a closed circle, you will receive 1 point. If you have entered the numbers correctly, you will receive another point. If you have all twelve numbers in the drawing, you will receive one more point. Finally, if the hands show the correct time, you will receive the fourth point. For those who scored 3 or less, it is a good idea to screen for dementia.
Your sense of balance is an indicator of how healthy your brain is, as proven by a recent Japanese study.
To test your sense of balance, simply measure how long you can stand on one leg without swinging. If you start swinging after only 20 seconds, you may have brain problems such as stroke and dementia in the future.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a very painful condition that affects people who engage in excessive small motor movements, particularly office workers, artists and factory workers. It occurs when the nerve that goes from your wrist to your hand gets compressed, which causes a severe pain.
To check if you are at risk for CTS, raise your hands up with your palms in front of your face. Try to reach the central part of the palm with your fingers, as shown in the figure above. People without risk of STC should be able to hold that position for 1-2 minutes. If you experience tingling or pain while you are taking the test, it is safer to check your wrists by a professional.
Problems with arteries
Lie on the floor and place your feet against the wall at a 45-degree angle and wait a few minutes. Tip: You can use pillows to support your legs if it is difficult to hold them.
If one or both of the feet have rapidly changed color and become much paler, this may indicate a problem with the blood circulation at its extremities. In particular, it may be a sign of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), which is dangerous if left untreated as it can lead to stroke and heart attack.
Researchers at the University of Texas have proven that being flexible means much more than just having healthy muscles and joints. They found that people who are flexible have more flexible arteries, which facilitates blood flow through the blood vessels.
Try this test to determine how flexible you are. Sit on the floor with your legs extended forward and try to reach your toes with your hands, keeping your lower back erect. If your hands are too far away from the toes, you should start stretching further, otherwise you will have a greater risk of stroke and heart disease.
Finally, we would like to remind you that the information we provide in this article is for educational purposes and not sufficient to diagnose a disease. For an accurate diagnosis, we recommend consulting your doctor.